Food manufacturing wastes include olive mill solid waste, tomato pomace, and grape pomace, to name a few. One of the most straightforward methods for properly disposing of these leftovers is to cultivate degrading mesophilic bacteria that consume these wastes as their primary carbon source. To decompose food manufacturing wastes, a fungus strain was obtained from tomato peel. This strain decomposed olive mill solid waste well, but only partially degraded grape and tomato pomace. The strain most likely belongs to the Botrytis genus based on mycelium morphology, ribosomal DNA sequence, and internal transcribed spacer (ITS) DNA sequence. This is the first time a strain comparable to Botrytis has been used to degrade food industry waste.
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